The RPD (Reichspostdampfer - Imperial Mail Steamer) Feldmarschall was originally commissioned in 1903 with the Deutsche Ost-Afrika-Linie (German East Africa Line), Woermann Konsortium, Hamburg, Germany.
In 1916 it was captured by the British at Dar es Salaam. It was then operated by Union-Castle Mail SS Co., who renamed it Field Marshal.
2 x Steam 3 Cyl
On single charter for the Commonwealth Government of Australia -
9 June 1918 departed Sydney with 1116 AIF, 3 miscellaneous & 7 Nurses as part of Convoy 40